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CANADA EVALUATES FDS3 RF FLOATING DECOY ON FRIGATE

The Journal of Electronic Defense | November 2015

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The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Halifax class frigate HMCS Winnipeg has been
fitted with the Airborne Systems' FDS3
passive RF floating decoy for evaluation during its current deployment with
Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1).
Originally developed by Airborne
Systems for the UK Royal Navy, where it
entered service in 2006 under the designation Outfit DLF(3b), the FDS3 system
deploys a fast-erecting, inflatable corner
reflector decoy that can be used to counter RF-guided, anti-ship missiles in seduction, distraction and confusion modes.
The trial fit on board Winnipeg has
taken the form of a single tube launcher
on either bridge wing. The RCN confirms
that the installation is for Winnipeg's
SNMG1 tasking, and that no decision has
been made on whether FDS3 will become
a permanent ship fit in the Halifax class.

The US Navy, in 2013, became the first
export customer for the FDS3/DLF system, which it designates the Mk 59 Mod
0 Decoy Launch System. New Zealand,
last year, purchased FDS3 as part of its
ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade program.
Winnipeg, recently modernized under
the Halifax-class Modernization/Frigate
Life Extension (HCM/FELEX) program, is
also fitted with a variant of the Rheinmetall multi-ammunition softkill system
(MASS). In 2009, Rheinmetall was selected
to provide the customised MASS_DUERAS
system to replace the earlier Shield II decoy outfit. MASS_DUERAS integrates up
to four launch tubes for 82-mm DUERAS
RF distraction rockets atop the launcher
assembly to meet the RCN's requirement
for a distraction mode chaff capability.
Another EW upgrade, introduced as
a core component of the HCM/FELEX

RUSSIAN AND POLISH EXHIBITIONS HIGHLIGHT ADVANCES IN THREAT TECH
Following up from last month's coverage of the MAKS show in Moscow, on
the threat side, Defence Systems exhibited its Pechora-2M surface to air missile system (upgraded SA-3) together
with anti-ARM emitters and integrated
passive RF surveillance system. Avtobaza-M. Almaz-Antey exhibited sand
camouflaged S-300VM (SA-23) system
components, which are thought to be included in the replacement deal for Iran's
cancelled S-300PMU-1 (SA-20) acquisition. Instrument Design Bureau (KBP)
showcased its new 9K333 Verba (SA-25)
Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPADS), including the 9M336 missile,
equipped with a three-color (UV, near
and mid-IR) seeker.
Just a week after MAKS, the International Defence Industry Exhibition
(MSPO) took place at Kielce, Poland. IAI
ELTA offered its EL/L-8222 jamming pod
for the ongoing Polish Air Force MiG29 modernization, while Saab signed a
deal shortly after to cooperate with local maintenance firm WZU2, which will

enable the aircraft to feature the company's electronic warfare self-protection
systems. Military Aviation Technical
Institute (ITWL) showcased the K-811H
upgrade, which converts the Soviet
ASO-2V dispenser in order to fire NATOstandard 1x1x8" flares.
Regarding threats, the subsidiary of
the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ), Mesko, exhibited its new man portable air
defense system (MANPADS). The GromM, developed under the Piorun program,
features a laser proximity fuse and access authorization. The Ukrainian-Lithuanian company, LitakTak, showed the
modernized 2K12-2D Kvadrat-2D (SA-6)
system. It provides increased detection and tracking ranges of the SURN
(Straight Flush) radar, introduced sector
scanning (to decrease vulnerability to
ARMs and stand-off jamming), and day/
night electro-optical autotracker. Polish
company Radwar continues development
of the A-band P-18PL AESA radar as part
of the country's wide ranging air defense
modernization program. - G. Zórd

package, is the Elbit Systems NS9003AV2HC digital ESM system. The NS-9003AV2HC replaces the obsolete SLQ-501
CANEWS suite.
Further Halifax-class EW upgrades
are planned for implementation in the
2020s. These include a replacement
onboard electronic attack capability to succeed the current AN/SLQ-503
RAMSES jammer and a replacement tactical radio direction finding and signals
collection suite (under the project name
StrongBow) to replace the current AN/
SRD-504 communications ESM. - R. Scott

IN BRIEF
❍ Saudi Arabia has requested to purchase nine new UH-60M Black Hawk
helicopters from the US via Foreign
Military Sales (FMS) channels. The purchase includes associated equipment,
parts and logistical support, including 20 embedded GPS systems with
inertial navigation (18 installed and
two spares), 12 AAR-57 Common Missile
Warning Systems (nine installed
and three spares), as well as aircraft
survivability equipment and an EO/
IR system. The purchase is valued at
$495 million. Last month, Saudi Arabia
also requested the FMS purchase of
four multi-mission surface combatant
(MMSC) ships - the Freedom variant
of the US Navy Littoral Combat Ship
- from the US at an estimated cost of
$11.25 billion. The deal will include four
of the MMSC ships, associated equipment, parts and spares, including five
COMBATSS-21 Combat Management
Systems (four plus spare) with five
TRS-4D Radars (four plus spare) and
five Identification Friend or Foe
(IFF) (Mode 4- and Mode 5-capable)
UPX-29 (four plus spare). The purchase
also includes WBR-2000 Electronic
Support Measure and Threat Warning
System and Automatic Launch of
Expendables (ALEX) Chaff and DecoyLaunching System. a



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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Airborne Electronic Attack for A2AD
52nd Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention Guide
2016 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - November 2015 - The View From Here
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JED - November 2015 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - November 2015 - Courses Calendar
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JED - November 2015 - From the President
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JED - November 2015 - The Monitor
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